BFF Trinkets – Especially For You!

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It’s preview week this week at Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, and I am so excited to be participating again this month.  Some of you might remember that I earned a guest spot last month for KKS after participating in a contest a few months back.  Well, after a bunch of groveling on my part, ;) Kim asked me to stay on as a permanent Krafty Girl!  So today, and all this week, I get to share previews of all the stamps being released this weekend!

Now, let’s get down to business!

BFF-Trinket-closeupIt is no secret that I love paper flowers (and I know you do too because some of my most popular blog posts are my tutorials for flowers)! It is also no secret that I love Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, so I decided to team them up today for fun spring card! The center of the flower is a stamp from the new BFF Trinket set - a set that set that includes EIGHT trinkets. These circular sentiment stamps have been created and designed by the totally talented Krafty Girl, Nicole Aspinall!! They are made especially to fit in your 1 3/8ths and 1 ¾ inch punches, for quick and easy cutting!!!

The paper on this card is from the fun and cheerful Chickadee stack from DCWV. I did add a bit of Glossy Accents to the center of the flower for a bit of shine and emphasis.  I did a bit of doodling, added a bit of bling, and voila – a card for a special friend in your life!

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So that’s it from me today!  Don’t forget! You can WIN some of our new stamps by entering our Krafty Krop Challenges that are open all week long, and by checking out all the fun projects the Krafty Girls have created today with this set of stamps (see links below).

Thanks for stopping by today!


April Showers bring…

May Arts flowers of course!  ;)  I recently had a chance to participate in the May Arts/DCVW craft challenge.  Participants sent in ideas for projects, and 25 lucky ladies were chosen to receive some product to bring their idea to life! I was one of those lucky ladies, and about a month ago, I received half a stack of a DCWV stack called Snapshot and four different types of coordinating May Arts ribbon in the mail.  So, after getting over a bought of strep throat, I got my crafty on:

Created almost entirely from paper, the project idea was initially inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest (featured at Better Homes and Gardens) showing a “real” version of this idea – an actual umbrella filled with beautiful, live flowers.  I was struck by the shapes, and realized how easy it would be to create a paper umbrella with just three paper cones.  The idea grew from there!

The Snapshot stack is filled with little Poloroid features which were fun to include in the design.  Each is actually a hidden journaling spot which could be used for pictures, journaling, or even a quote of saying!  Each flower also contains a ribbon element to add dimension and a bit of colour!  Some flowers were fussy cut, some were hand cut, and one was even created with the Cricut Flower Shoppe Cartridge.  There are even a couple of “ribbon only” rose buds in there!

Now, if receiving the items to create our projects wasn’t enough, May Arts and DCWV also selected 10 of the 25 projects to recevie even more product!  While all of the products were featured on Wednesday’s blog posts at MA and DCWV, today is the big day when the final winners are announced.  Is my umbrella there???  We’ll have to go and see!

I can finally call myself Trendy! ;)

About 6 weeks ago, I came across a product called Trendy Twine.  Twine has become one of my “go-to” embellishments on projects lately, so I was excited to find a product that was bit different than the other twine I saw on the market – the twine is multicoloured – not just white with a colour, but variations of colours and even mixed colours (check out my favourites – Chocolate Truffle, Grape Fizz and Twisted Lime).  But even more impressive than the product was the customer service I received – friendly emails that made me feel like I was a really important customer (even though it was my first order).

So when Lesley from Trendy Twine mentioned that she had a design team call, I decided to throw my name in the hat!  After all, one of my favourite parts of designing is promoting and supporting great companies that I love. Today, I am excited to share with you that I was invited to join the team, and I can finally call myself a Trendy Gal (and while it still is not for my stunning wardrobe style – I’ll take it!! ;)) For the next 6 months, I am looking forward to sharing with you some ideas for ways to use twine on layouts cards, and altered items!  I promise to throw some tutorials in there too!

I love the dimension of the Trendy Twine – two colours plus white= fantastic!

One of the projects I created for the call was this altered jute spool!  Inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest (a beautiful spool vase filled with real flowers), I decided to create a version that would last forever!  I hand cut and rolled some paper roses made out of Echo Park’s beautiful This and That Charming collection (these flowers are easier than they look - click here for a tutorial I created last fall). I wrapped the amazing Chocolate Truffle twine around the spool, and then used the Twisted Lime to add some “curly cues”.   Held together with my trusty hot glue, “Twine in Bloom” is one of my new favourite projects!

In celebration of the new Design Team announcement, Trendy Twine is also giving away a spool of your choice to one lucky reader.  What do you need to do?  Go and check out the new team and leave a comment on their blogs. Some of the ladies are returning, and some are new, but all are excited to share their creations with you!  So go check them out!

Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see you again soon!

Happy Halloween!

I'm not sure these little guys could scare anyone! The Echo Park Happy Halloween paper is fabulous!

There is nothing spookier around Halloween than spiders, right?  Okay, maybe blood sucking vampires and zombies are a little scarier, but spiders are still right up there!  So when the design team over at CropChocolate wanted to share a little bit of Halloween inspiration I thought spooky spiders were definitely the way to go!

But here’s my problem – I don’t think I have a spooky creative bone in me!  When I think of spiders, I think of big fuzzy insects with googlie eyes!  So I decided to embrace my “cutsie” creative Halloween creativity and make a couple of fuzzy friends for my two little gals.

A few strip Echo Park Happy Halloween paper cut to 6" (for the big spider) and 5 1/2" (for the little spider). Voila - "scary" spider!

To make these little guys, I modified the 3D pumpkin pattern that I have seen a lot of in the paper crafting world this fall season (click here for an example and instructions).  But since I wanted a fuzzy sphere instead of a smooth one, I simply used my scoring board to give my strips of Echo Park Happy Halloween paper a textured look.  The large spider is made from strips of paper that are 3/4″ X 6″ on the outside and 3/4″ X 5 1/2″ on the inside.  The strips of paper for the second spider are simply 1/2″ shorter. From there, I simply added 3 extra strips of paper on each side for legs, and voila…this Halloween pumpkin was magically transformed into spiders!  Eat your heart out Cinderella! You might get a grand coach to carry you to the ball, but my little girls – they get spiders!

UPDATE – Guess what?  These fuzzy little guys are famous!  They were just featured on the Echo Park blog for Facebook Fan Friday!  Check it out! And they were also featured over at Craft Gossip!  What a day!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Products used:

  • Echo Park Happy Halloween Paper
  • Making Memories Paper Reviere Noir brads
  • Making Memories Toil and Trouble Chandelier beads
  • Making Memories Glitter Bling Alphas